Bates Oregon 97817
post office is in the eastern part of the county near Austin.
It was established March 24, 1919, and named for Paul C.
Bates, an insurance man of Portland. Bates was instrumental
in negotiating the purchase of timberlands by the Oregon
Lumber Company. When that company began operations, it suggested
the name of Bates for the post office. Paul C. Bates was
born in Massachusetts in 1874 and came to Portland in 1896.
He died in Portland on February 4, 1943. For obituary, see
the Oregonian, February 6,1943. For biography, see Carey's
History a/Oregon, v. 3, pg. 20.